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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Tue, 6/12/2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Heavenly Father, Merciful God, You warn us of the dangers that lie ahead. You want us to be prepared for those trials, not to lose heart, and to keep the faith, because Jesus will not leave us alone and has sent the Holy Spirit to us. Father give us strength as we teach others about Jesus. Help us to not become discouraged when those we teach sometimes reject Your Teachings. Thank You for giving us Jesus as our Savior and example . Forgive us our sins and help us to do all the good we can, to as many as we can, as often as we can, wherever we can, and Father help us not to do any harm at all. This we pray in Jesus blessed name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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ANHELIC 6/13/2012 12:36AM

    Thank you for the goodie, Vic. I look forward to your prayers and inspirations. You are truly a man of God.
God bless you Vic. Have a blessed evening.
Joan

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/12/2012 7:11PM

    Amen!!!
Remember "to do all the good we can, to as many as we can, as often as we can, wherever we can", we must realized that we have something to offer this world that nobody else does! Pray and Ask God to show us how we can benefit others with our talents, gifts and experiences that God has given us. emoticon

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STARWARSFAN2 6/12/2012 6:50PM

    "Help us to do all the good we can, to as many as we can, as often as we can, wherever we can..." Words to live by. Amen. emoticon

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SAVINGHANNAH 6/12/2012 6:06PM

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MY9STONEJOURNEY 6/12/2012 5:21PM

    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!

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HUZZAH39 6/12/2012 5:17PM

    Amen!

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/12/2012 8:35AM

    Thanking God for your words.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/12/2012 8:35AM

    Amen! Vic, your ministry here on SparkPeople is very appreciated. God Bless You!

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AVANELL 6/12/2012 8:01AM

    One time I was experiencing a lot of rejection from fellow believers and the Lord had me go through the book of John and take note of the times where the Word says that Jesus caused a division in the people, some thought He was good and others thought He was of the devil. He reminded me that Jesus Himself said that He didn't come to bring peace, but a sword and that even household members would be set against each other by His teachings. If He experienced such turmoil in His ministry why should we think we would be any different?

Thanks, Vic! Keep on spreading the spark of God's truth!

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EDITOR 6/12/2012 7:30AM

    Thank you for the goodie yesterday, Vic. But more than that when I need to say a hearty and truthful Amen, I can come here and experience it.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 6/12/2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSEPS OF FAITH, 6/12/2012

Exodus 2:1-10
The Man With Two Mothers, Lesson 2a

Mother’s Day is a bittersweet day. In the minds of many people there is no one in the world like their mother. For most, mom is a very special person. Others, however, have memories of mother that are not all that special. Perhaps the relationship was strained for some reason or the other.

For some, motherhood is an accident, and not always a welcome one.
For some, biological motherhood isn’t possible.
For some, mothers weren’t all that nice.
For some, motherhood under the very best of circumstances is still less than a bed of roses and a primrose path.

As poet Wilhelm Busch’s said, “To become a mother is not so difficult; on the other hand, being a mother is very much so!”

So, we have to be careful as we approach the topic of motherhood. Not all mothers deserve to be elevated to a special of reverence and honor. But, some do!

Real Mothers are special people.
Real mothers would like to be able to eat a whole candy bar, all by themselves, and drink a Coke without any “floaters” in it.
Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably going to end up in the sandbox.
Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.
Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn’t come out of shag carpets.
Real Mothers sometimes ask “Why me?” and get their answer when a little voice says, “Because I love you best.”
Real mothers are an integral part of our lives. We wouldn’t be who we are without our mothers, nor would we be here at all!

Some of the greatest people in history will tell you how important their mothers were to their lives. George Washington, for example, declared: “All I am I owe to my mother”. This was also true of one of the greatest men in Old Testament history, a man named Moses. Moses became the kind of man he was because of the type of mother he had. In fact, who he was, was very much determined by the type of mothers he had, because God gave Moses two mothers.

Both of the women who fulfilled the maternal role in the life of Moses made certain choices in regard to Moses that impacted the course of his life. Their choices made Moses the man he became. The old saying, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world,” was absolutely true in the life of Moses.

I want to examine the choices made by the mothers of Moses. Their choices have much to teach us about love, about life and about the legacy we leave our children. I want us to look at “The Man With Two Mothers“. Allow me to point out the choices these women made in the life of Moses.

THEY CHOSE TO GIVE MOSES LIFE

Consider The Choice Of Jochebed

Moses was born into a culture of death, ( Ex. 1:7-22). According to the decree of Pharaoh, Moses should have been killed as soon as he was born. Imagine the pregnancy. Imagine the waiting, the expectancy, the wondering whether the baby would be a girl or a boy. There were no ultrasounds to discover the sex of the baby. They had to wait until the mother gave birth. When she did, she gave birth to a “goodly” baby boy. The word “goodly” has the idea of being “good, pleasant, agreeable, and happy.” In other words, he was a lovely baby boy.

In his mother’s eyes, he was perfect, and she refused to kill him, but she chose life and hid her son. His mother chose to disobey the command of Pharaoh. She allowed her son to live. By the way, both of Moses’ parents were involved in the decision to give him life. Heb. 11:23 says, “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.”

So, Amram (the father), and Jockeyed (the mother) hid the growing baby for as long as they could, (Ex. 2:2-4). Of course others knew she was expecting. How would she explain the fact that she was no longer pregnant? How could she explain a pregnancy that had gone on that long? How could she keep the existence of a growing, rambunctious baby boy from getting out?

Her faith in God would not allow her to murder her son. But, her faith in God was so great that she was willing to trust God with the life of her son. She could not kill the baby, and she could not secure his life either. She made a little basket of reeds; applied pitch to it so that it would not leak, put her baby in it, and set him adrift on the providence of God. The baby’s older sister stayed nearby to make sure nothing happened to the child.
Here was a mother who chose life for her child. It would have been easier to take his life. Death for baby Hebrew boys was the law of the land. She could have destroyed her young son, but she chose to give him life instead!

B. Consider The Choice Of The Princess

In verses 5-6, the daughter of Pharaoh comes down to the river to bathe. When she sees the floating ark, she sends her servants to investigate. They bring her the basket, and she looks inside to find a crying baby boy. Because he is circumcised she recognizes that he is a Hebrew baby, and immediately understands that his mother has chosen life over death for her child.

We are told that she “had compassion on him.” The word “compassion” means “to spare, or to have pity on.” In that instant, this princess had a choice. She could obey the decree of her father and have the child killed. After all, it would have been easy. All she would have had to do was have one of her servants tip over the ark and the child would have drowned. Or, she could choose life. This pagan princess, born into a culture of death, chose life for a child who should have been killed.

Let’s face the facts today; we also live in a culture of death. We live in a world where the most dangerous place for an unborn child is the place that should be the safest: its mother’s womb. We live in a world where not every pregnant woman wants to be a mother. We live in a culture that allows a woman to take away the life of their child.

Consider the following statistics about abortion.

In 2008 1.21 million abortions were performed in the USA. In 2009 26,123 abortions were performed in just one state. Of these over 70% of those choosing abortions were women between the ages of 15 and 30. 75% of those choosing abortion were single women. In one County in 2009, 76 women chose to end their pregnancies through abortion.

On average, women give at least 3 reasons for choosing abortion: 1/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities; about 1/4 say they cannot afford a child; and 1/2 say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner.

In 2009, the average cost of a nonhospital abortion with local anesthesia at 10 weeks of gestation was $451. 50% of U.S. women obtaining abortions are younger than 25; women aged 20-24 obtain 33% of all U.S. abortions, and teenagers obtain 17%.
47% of women who have abortions had at least one previous abortion. There is much more to say about abortion. The fact is, it is too easy in our world to do away with an unwanted child. We live in a culture of death, and that cannot be denied!

Thank God, due to the recent election of several conservatives on the state level, some things are beginning to change. Just last week a governor signed unborn victim’s legislation into law. This law says that if an expectant mother is murdered and her unborn child also dies, the murderer will face two murder charges. Budget legislation in one state house has been introduced that will decrease the amount of money available for abortion in some states from $1.4 million to $50,000.00. Pray that the trend will continue.


We need to pray for our pro-life lawmakers, and pray that God will change the hearts of those who are pro-death. If God can providentially touch the heart of a pagan princess and make her choose life for a Hebrew baby, He can touch the hearts of lost lawmakers and doctors and help destroy this culture of death in which we live.

Let me make two quick statements.

1. Thank God for every mother who chooses life for her child! I applaud you and thank God for you, I praise the Lord that my mother chose life for me. This is always God will, as every human life is precious to the Lord.

2. If you have had an abortion, I want you to know that God loves you and He cares about you. Your chose to end the life of your child was a sin, but it is a sin that can be forgiven. Bring it to God and allow Him to cleanse your heart and soothe the pain you feel over what you have done.

Death would have been easier, but both these women chose to give Moses life.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Jesus Loves The Little Children” By George F. Root

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.

Jesus died for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus died for all the children
Of the world.

Jesus rose for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus rose for all the children
Of the world.

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SANDYTOES17 6/12/2012 10:33PM

    I never really thought of Moses and the problems in our country today. God intervened 2 times to save his life. Great Vic!!! emoticon

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/12/2012 7:04PM

    emoticon for sharing your thoughts!
You mentioned "We live in a culture that allows a woman to take away the life of their child". True and very sad. Mothers will scarifice their own life for their child. Like Moses mother, mothers will give up her child to make sure the child is safe and unharm, even when it means her heart is broken into pieces and she may never known or see this child ever again. Mothers wishes for her child happiness at all time. But again woman who choose to take away the life of her child must have her own reason; that is between her and God! We shall not judge but pray for her; pray that she will reach out to God for her action and forgiveness! We should always remember
God can change everything for the better in a moment. God can change anyone heart to do what is right in a split seconds.

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NADINEL 6/12/2012 3:09PM

    Thank you, Vic for your blog. I appreciate those statistics on abortion. I pray that the federal funding will also dwindle, but abortion will not end until peoples lives are changed by Christ. Once a month our church has a time when about a dozen women (I am one of the dozen) stand outside on the sidewalk of the Planned Parenthood Clinic which is about 1/2 a mile away from our church and pray for them to end this abomination. If we step foot on their property, we can be arrested. Our Pastor watches over us because of safety issues. We do not demonstrate. WE PRAY. People who drive by know exactly what we are doing. Some appreciate, some get enraged. We pray for the women and men involved, and for the medical personnel who are carrying on this travesty (to stop). Lives and minds must be changed for Christ.
You mentioned that "not all mothers deserve to be elevated to a special of reverence and honor". I only partially agree.
The Bible says TO Honor thy Father and Mother. As you know, it is a commandment, not an option. Christ compels us to do so anyway regardless of that mom's qualifications. It is true some mothers are failures. They don't deserve it, but we must obey the Lord. I think if we do our part to obey, the mother who failed could receive salvation or have a changed life because they see a difference in us.
Thank you for continuing to serve the Lord and use this format to edify and educate the body of Christ through these wonderful blogs. May you be blessed by our Heavenly Father today and every day.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 6/12/2012 9:21AM

    What a beautiful blog...Thank you Vic

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/12/2012 9:08AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful thoughts on life. Fort Wayne has made some progress on local health restrictions on abortionists. I pray your state will continue to cut funding.

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This Is My Prayer, Mon, 6/11/2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Righteous Father, Holy God, in Your goodness and kindness you listen to our prayers and answer them, not according to our goodness, bur according to Yours. Help us to not let anything discourage us from coming into Your presence in prayer, especially not our own sense that we are undeserving of Your attention and blessings, nor that we deserve Your attention. We come entirely because You are our God, full of love, grace and mercy; a God who has given us His only Son to provide a way so we can come to You through Him. Father we pray for Your continued blessings, provisions, and protection. Thank You for sharing Yourself and the kingdom with us. Enable us to live to Your Glory and Honor. This we ask in Jesus’ wonderful name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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NADINEL 6/12/2012 1:01AM

    Amen!

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FERGSGIRL2 6/11/2012 10:51PM

    Amen!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/11/2012 10:43PM

    Amen!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 6/11/2012 9:24PM

    Amen

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/11/2012 9:03AM

    Thank you Vic for this prayer. Amen!

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EDITOR 6/11/2012 8:51AM

    May we always know He has a RSVP attached to our every prayer spoken and answers.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 6/11/2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 6/ 11/2012

Exodus 1:7-14
OVERCOMING THE STRANGE PULL OF EGYPT, Lesson 1c

WE SEE ISRAEL DYING TO EGYPT

It is possible to die to the influence of the world in our lives. This can happen in one of two ways. Both of those ways are portrayed for us by Israel.

The Majority Died In A Polluted Land - Num. 14:3; 22-45 . Because they refused to walk in the plan of God and they decided that their way was better than His, He allowed them to wander in the wilderness until they had all died, except for two! For 40 years they wandered in the wilderness, longing for the pleasures of Egypt. Perhaps they had forgotten that they were slaves in Egypt. Perhaps they had forgotten the sting of the taskmaster's whip upon their backs. Perhaps they had forgotten the mindless toil that produced nothing for them but more bondage, more labor and in the end death. What they looked back on with such lust was not what really existed! But, because Egypt was so deeply rooted in their hearts, they were prevented from entering the promised land of victory. They died with Egypt in their hearts, and it was only at their deaths that they truly died to Egypt.

Many people in the Lord's family are in the same sad shape today. They are so enamored with the world and with what they long for there, that they are never able to overcome the pull of the world. They die in defeat, never having walked in the victory of the Spirit. The only time they truly die to the world is when they lay down this flesh. That is a sad way to live, and it is not what Jesus saved us for!

The Minority Died In The Promised Land - Num. 14:30 . Only two men who had left Egypt as adults were permitted to enter the promised land of victory. They were allowed to do so because they looked forward instead of looking backward. They wanted what God had for them out there instead of what they had left behind back there. They saw Egypt for what it was and wanted nothing more to do with that land. They wanted the best God had for them and they received it from the hand of the Lord.

By the way, it is interesting to note that after Israel crossed Jordan and entered the promised land, there is no mentioned on anyone longing to go back to Egypt. Jordan is often pictured as death and the promised land as Heaven. This is just not good theology! The promised land is the life of victory as a believer and the Jordan represents that barrier of separation between the old life and the new life of victory in Jesus Christ. Just like Caleb and Joshua, victory over the pull of Egypt is possible for you and me today! The way to achieve this is laid out for us by the Apostle Paul in Phil. 3:13-15. The secret to overcoming the past lies in reaching forth for the things God has for you out there in the future. You can leave Egypt behind forever, but it will never happen until you want it to! Egypt will always be a problem in your life until you admit it is a problem, (1 John 1:9), and you take some concrete steps to put a Jordan between you and it. How do you do that? By putting some distance between you and your Egypt! You have got to let go of that land and all that it holds for you and promises to you, (2 Cor. 6:17).

Conc: If we were honest today, many of us would have to admit that we have a lot of Lot's wife in us. She was a woman that was so full of her Egypt, (Sodom), that she died with it buried deep in her heart, (Gen. 19:26). Someone said that she "ran in a rut, lived in a strain and died in a twist." Why did she end up this way? Because she was looking back to her Egypt. It killed her and it will do the same to you! Maybe that's why Jesus counseled us to "Remember Lot's wife", (Luke 17:32).

On the other hand, Lot never looked back and he was delivered. Which of the two best describes you today? Overcoming the strange pull of Egypt in your life will never be easy. But, it can be accomplished by faith the Lord and by putting some distance between you and those things that draw you back. If you are battling the pull of Egypt in your life, why don't you come before the Lord today and find the help you need in getting a Jordan of separation between you and it?

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Rise Up, O Men of God” By William P. Merrill (1911)

Rise up O men of God,
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and soul and mind and strength,
To serve the King of Kings.

Rise up O men of God,
His Kingdom tarries long,
Bring in the day of brotherhood,
And end the night of wrong.

Rise up, O men of God!
The church for you doth wait,
Her strength unequal to her task;
Rise up and make her great!

Lift high the Cross of Christ,
Tread where His feet have trod,
As brothers of the Son of Man,
Rise up O men of God.


GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY AND INVITE A FRIEND TO THE TEAM!!



  
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FERGSGIRL2 6/11/2012 10:53PM

    A great thought provoking lesson, thank you Vic.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/11/2012 10:52PM

    emoticon Vic for another emoticon lesson
Friends!
Remember - We are prophesying our future! Listen to our hearts and asked where we want to be!
Don't get down on ourselves over everything we've done wrong. God knew we weren't going to be perfect, but He still loves us more than we ever know. Our future is bright! Dont looked back for any mistakes and dwelled on them. Looked back at these mistakes as stepping stones to make our lives better!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 6/11/2012 9:24PM

    emoticonVic for another great lesson

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This Is My Prayer, Sun, 6/10/2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Holy Father, Almighty God, give us a vision of all You want to do in our life. Help us to not think too small, even when we pray. Grant us the ability to be available to receive and do whatever You have planned for us . Help us not to limit Your Power nor Your Blessings by being unprepared to receive them. Enlarge our hearts and minds to understand how You can take what we have and expand it beyond what we can ask or hope. Open the eyes of our heart that we may witness the glory of our God living in us as we trust and follow Jesus. It is in His precious name that we pray. Amen!
Vic.

  
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JAMER123 6/10/2012 11:48PM

    Thank you for such a touching prayer. And I will also add an AMEN.
Have a blessed day and upcoming week, Vic! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKYCARLEY 6/10/2012 10:50PM

    Wow! This prayer spoke so clearly to me tonight. That's two things in one night I've read that you wrote that were very clear and specific to me. This message is something I've been getting a LOT of lately from God "Dream Big, Pray Big". When I read this prayer you wrote, I felt that God was again telling me that. I've even been writing about it in my journal. I think I will copy this prayer and put it where I can see it all the time. Thanks. Many blessings to you Vic. HUGS

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/10/2012 6:01PM

    Thank you for this prayer. It is only when we see the world with our heart that true change will come. God Bless You Vic!

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SAVINGHANNAH 6/10/2012 1:09PM

    Amen and Amen. Everytime I pray, I ask that His will be done in all things, for if, His will is done, everything will be alright. Thanks! emoticon

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/10/2012 12:51PM

    Amen! Being positive doesn't come naturally. We have to make that decision everyday. So, God please help all of us to be positive and stay positive so we can opened our eyes to enjoy your blessings, be amazed and thankful to you Almighty!

Thank You Vic for a beautiful prayer!

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GRAMLORI 6/10/2012 11:26AM

    Amen!!

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EDITOR 6/10/2012 8:21AM

    Just the opening of this prayer sent shivers through my body! Thank you for the goodie yesterday and for leading us to the Throne Room, Vic.

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RUN4FOOD 6/10/2012 7:49AM

    Thanks for sharing. Hope we can be open to God's blessing and his vision for our lives.

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ILUVTTV 6/10/2012 7:45AM

    Amen! Yes, Lord, please open my eyes, ears, mind, and heart to all the Blessings You pour down on me! Allow me to use them for Your Glory!

Vic, have a truly blessed Sunday!

Anne

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